Thx Brian. Well if that's the case (proper full services to those existing destinations) the adding 6 is a bit of a no brainier,particularly if it's part of a bigger overall order. I looked up Cape Town.Its due for completion 2021 ( let's call it 2022!).So they will need -one? For that new destinati...Jump to post
I note that BA fly their A380's to 10 major destinations.But for many it's a little bit 'bitty' ie some days/times here some there.With only 12 aircraft that's not surprising as it would be physically impossible with so few aircraft. Could it be , if they ordered these extra 6 that they would simply...Jump to post
No doubt that these Aus connections are a very good use of the A321NEO's abilities and I am sure we will see a steady flow of new ones.But that will become a flood when the LR's start to actually get delivered in about 18 months time. I think I am right in saying that BA have expressed an interest.I...Jump to post
That's a very good question! In theory it should allow for closer intervals.But Airbus did not make a 'thing' of it.I guess you would need more than computer simulations to state it. I believe that Av ptnrs is 2 companies one half owned by Boeing for 'their' planes and an independent company for 'th...Jump to post
MKes good sense Moo if they can find this wTer in craters where the sun don't shine! Btw did you see the articles last week on the huge amounts ( frozen layers) of water that they think they have spotted at 'normal' middle latitudes on Mars.These places would obviously become prime targets for early...Jump to post
It was only for show.And as stated not available for retrofit as comes with an additional wing twist. I think we will see it one day.Perhaps part of a NEO in 10-15 years time. But. 1.It is a shame that Airbus do no get along with Aviation Partners.I am sure they could cone up with a BW that could be...Jump to post
Thx for the info. I am seriously impressed with these guys.They seem to have got their marketing right ( my field) along with the technology's they have employed. There seems to be an explosion of demand for launching micro/small sat's these days with the costs dropping so even universities can cons...Jump to post
Thx Karel.Shame but expected. Regarding an orbiting Moon station.I can't see - from a refuling to Mars POV - why you would want to lug the fuel all the way out there.Must be far easier to do it in Earth orbit ( and quicker) no? Spacex have ( I believe) said that the BFR could go to the moon ,land an...Jump to post
No we are not there yet.Indeed Norway is recognising this fact by choosing a date 22 years into the future.But This of course has to be a finger in the air,its. Simply too far ahead to know. Part of what they are saying is about a 'will' to make it happen - as we 'have' to make it happen for the sak...Jump to post
Simply what you say.The dedicated competition. Virgin's launcher seems somewhat of an afterthought to their primary consumer goal and as you say neither have even launched. But there is a company that has been launching small sat's from a rocket dropped from a Tristar. And the Microsoft co- founder ...Jump to post
NLG.What is the limitation/constraint?Not questioning just curious.MLG does anyone know the max pavement loading? 97 tons is where they are now,but one assumes The rumoured 'plus' may up this. But then there is the question as to where they could put additional fuel. They have designed and built a n...Jump to post
Great effort,well done! I assume this craft ( small sat's) is in competition with these?.. R Branson's use of his 'plane n' rocket'? That bigger aircraft that the Microsoft guy just built? The rocket launched from a Triststar? Others? One assumes (at least they think) this is a better method.If it i...Jump to post
Life would be dull if humans were not different,thank God they are! For some change is frightening,it commonly known as 'resistance to change' others embrace it and get (over) excited. The Stone Age didn't end 'cos we ran out of stones and the oil age won't end because we ran out of oil.We will be f...Jump to post
I think the JFK thing is a bit of a red herring.BA themselves has stated clearly why they don't fly the 380 on this route and many have said it here.If it had been critical to them 10 years ago they would have applied huge pressure to ensure their gate was made compatible. The reason they took out t...Jump to post
I appreciate that I may be a minority of one here Mjoelnir!And of course this site or Leeham are free to discuss any comparisons they want! But it's a bit like the last line above' by 3:1 or 4:1 margins'.Something rose is going on here (imho). Of course in many scenarios these 2 aircraft can be comp...Jump to post
I do wonder whether the actual basic question here is somewhat wrong.The A321NEO and next year the LR is (in some part) are not actually competing with the 737. At 240 seats it is significantly larger and in LR guise (or with ACT's - see Australia 321 thread) can fly significantly larger loads furth...Jump to post
For the sake of ' completeness' it would be nice to see the BA (IAG) order.It was/is the last outstanding one of the 'first round'that has 'commercial reality' ( although some of the Emirates will be second round replacements).It would leave the prospect of China but that's a ways away most likely. ...Jump to post
Read an interesting article on Teslerati.It was a Director John Brost (of Govt contracts) for Spacex. Much was simply building on what Elon has already said.But the Emphasis on the Moon ( over Mars) was what caught Teslerati's eye. As previously discussed it's not hard to see why.Its what the Presid...Jump to post
The blended wingletted 752 lead the way for these 200pax(3 class) 'fragmentation' longish lega.It has done exceptionally well particularly as it is a bit of a fuel hog (due to its age).However. The big point is (of course) that it went out of production over 10 years ago and those lucky enough to ha...Jump to post
This is only the tip of the iceberg for the A321NEO.All over the World you are going to see this sort of thing happening.It will accelerate in 2019 when the LR version becomes available. As for comfort,just like any aircraft it will depend on the airline in question.Width (for Y) is of course fixed ...Jump to post
Historically these two aircraft families have been pretty 'even Stephen's'.Not the same mind both family's have different strengths and weaknesses.Being lighter the smaller variant (the 7 today) had an advantage as did the 321 at the top end.But.The bottom end has shrunk/disappeared whilst the top e...Jump to post
Doubt you will see any further development on the T900 Edgerton and as above RR have said this (I think it has been pip'd 3 times it's very good for its age. But considering this new order and slow production rates I can see RR (and Airbus) stating to Emirates that if a new GTF engine of the require...Jump to post
No am happy with what I said.Am well aware they were parachuted down and towed into port.Am also aware of how the costs turned out. The same is true of the shuttle itself.The refurbished costs were horrible (and time consuming). In fact they wanted to use the (empty) fuel tanks as part of a space st...Jump to post
Looking to the future (now that there is one for the aircraft) I note that Rolls Royce began testing their Advance 3 test engine in December. This engine has the completely new core,an XWB fan and a T1000 back end.It also has fitted (I believe) the new power gearbox (built in Germany) that has alrea...Jump to post
Very interesting topic.Thx for doing some math(s) Lightsaber. Energy density-the key.At the Detroit motor show Fisker showed a prototype electric sports car for release in 2-3 years time.Yup but 'so what' I hear you say -so is Tesla.The key was that it is going to use what they call a metal lithium ...Jump to post
I guess the simple truth is that there is a market for both full range (inc cargo) -359/3510 and a market for an economical regional a/c with similar passenger carrying capacity (7810). Whether Airbus should have developed the 350-1000 in two flavours will never be known now.Clearly they went the ex...Jump to post
This order also possibly suggests that any move to DWC is not imminent.If they are to keep their pax numbers up/growing at their present airport they 'have' to use this aircraft.Indeed will be interesting to watch the ratio of their present 3 class to 2 class change over time. Sadly I don't suppose ...Jump to post
If it hasn't been said I think a huge congrats to Leahy is in order.He leaves with record overall sales for last year and now a guarantee (effectively) that the A380 will live on for many years to come.A great way to finish! I believe he is leaving soon but I hope he attends Farnbrough this summer w...Jump to post
The 787-10 is good if you only need to work within its (very) reduced operating peramiters.As stated before BA can ,due to its particular range network.But many will require more flexibility than this. Note the 787-10 is totally structurally maxed out as a 787.There will be no HGW 'er' -it is what i...Jump to post
To be fair I dont think it was a 'certain' order at all.Airbus wouldn't have been 'threatening ' closure of the line if it was a slam dunk. I note as others have done that Airbus has emphasised how long the line will now remain open.It sounds like this will/should take them through to where all the ...Jump to post
SRB's (fireworks) go against the fundamental business philosophy of Spacex -reusability.I doubt they gave it more than a few seconds thought personally. If you are going to chuck everything away it would have to really cheap.Even then it probably wouldn't work.I think Boeing are launching their caps...Jump to post
Just to repeat the old point that maximum brochure still air fully optimised range figures have no bearing in reality.And these latter numbers are the ones the operators deal with.Furthermore any long haul (global) airline must have as much flexibility built into their aircraft as possible.(unless t...Jump to post
Not only is this one flying.There was probably another one flying between the Blackbird and this one.Why not -who knows - not us!Jump to post
Better to be right than quick.There is no real rush as long as it works. None the less the FH is like waiting for Godot! Personally I think the safety committee's criticisms/concerns over both the Dragon2 and (more importantly imho) the F9 safety is troubling. They remain concerned about the pad exp...Jump to post
I am pretty sure he said that ,yes they could set up a finishing centre in Chine (one therefore assumes it would require a 30 ish order). But ( and this is the key).First China had to be able to develop a commercial model (which right now is not certain). Ie Chine have to internally agree that they ...Jump to post
Difficult (forme) to understand what he is saying. The 787-10 was a simple stretch trading capacity for range.In so doing it took the plane to its limits in almost every respect.Particularly the MLG/pavement loading. But as a result it is extremely efficient over the shorter distances it can travel....Jump to post
4PM.Hope it goes will for them.Dont want to mess up the launch pad! It's extraordinary how much additional power has been developed for these Falcon engines.I read somewhere that they are now 40% more powerful than the origonal ones. Thing is that means a Block 5 (or full thrust) F9 can send nearly ...Jump to post
One is a paper plane at the moment so it's not a question that can be answered. However what is known and stated by the thread starter is that one aircraft is markedly bigger than the other (40 plus seats). So it's likely to be more of a question about optimum size for the particular customer in que...Jump to post
There is going to be a lot of activity over the next 24 months in terms of space travel - particularly maned space.I wonder whether there needs to be thread beyond just what Spacex are doing. Was reading about Boeing Starliner --and then Orion.This latter (and visually similar) craft has been very q...Jump to post
One aircraft ,2 wings?
It's a big call.
Perhaps 2 variations of the same wing?Would keep costs down.
I hope politics is not entering it.They refer to novel engines surely this can only refer to the super Draco abort engines (although they can do much more of course - Boeing may not like this?But they have been integral from the start they can hardly start questioning them now unless politics is pla...Jump to post
Ah well.Back to main event the FH. Static burn v soon followed by launch later this month. Will have all my fingers and toes crossed for Spacex. In an odd way this ugly duckling of his Space dreams could turn out to be pivotal imho. I personally don't buy into his BFR launch maths or even that his c...Jump to post
Tesla need to be v careful imho.The papers are now full of just about every major car company having or buying into solid state battery technology.No it's not here yet.Most are projecting 2022 (some earlier).But the energy density is at least x2 and charging times halved or less.There are many other...Jump to post
As above there was a JV for the 747 replacement. Now that both sides know the market is too small for one company it's not impossible (I suppose) for a JV to emerge again on an equal basis perhaps in 15 years time. Both have (in the past) put forward Blended Wing designs in the 500-600 pax class.Per...Jump to post
Well the fact that we are hearing about it at all and that discussions will take many months tells us 2 things. 1.The Chinese government have not rejected it out of hand 2.They wish to peruse the discussions further So see a chance of agreement. Of course that does not mean they can square the circl...Jump to post
Why rock the boat ? Quite right -they won't.
RR is simply saying they should have the technology ready by then'ish.Someone has got to ask them for an engine first!
MOM is far from certain and that's about it at the mo'.
Time to generate some profits methinks.
I suppose there will be some amateur tracker somewhere that I'll have monitored the Falcon stage 2 coming down.If they did it would have been in two distinct parts if a huge satellite had been attached to it.Not heard nuffink about the stage 2. My bet is the satellite is up there somewhere.But we wi...Jump to post